New threads in the studio from Side B Design

I’ve been creating again in our pint-sized house. Click the photo to go to Side B Design’s Blog and check out the new creations!techraki top and hood-cowl

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The Caboose

Yep, it’s been a little while. I’m starting to lose momentum on this blog stuff, but we’ve also been pretty busy. We just had a wonderful extended weekend in Rossland, BC with friends. Lots of fluffy powder for snowboarding and cross-country skiing.  I’d never been there before – it was beautiful! And Rossland is a lovely little mountain town.

View from the window out to Rossland

Snowy shadows on the edge of Nancy Green Lake

Back in Vancouver, the outside of the laneway house is looking awesome. All that’s left is the siding on the inside of the balcony, and the composite decking material. When my uncle saw the house the other day, he said it reminded him of a train – and we concluded it was The Caboose. We all thought that was very clever and amusing, and I think we’re going to stick with it. How could we resist naming our cute little red house? Yeah, we’re dorks.

Our little red caboose

Do you see the likeness? heehee

I’ve mentioned the composite decking in an older post, but I didn’t have the manufacturer’s name. It’s called Moisture Shield and it’s an environmentally friendly product made from  95% pre- and post-consumer recycled content, including construction debris, grocery bags, plastic milk jugs, and more.  It’s then treated to look like wood – and it’s pretty convincing!

An example image from Moisture Shield's gallery

They also make deck tiles and fencing. It’s supposed to look good for up to 25 years which is great. Less maintenance is always a bonus, especially if we can help the environment too!

During my time of silence on the blog, we also had our 2 paragraphs of fame in the Vancouver Sun Weekend Extra a couple of weekends ago, exploring the question of whether laneway housing is an affordable housing solution.  The journalist somehow got it in her head that I’m a “visual artistic director” which made me chuckle.  Sure, I’ll take it.

Our photo in the paper

So what’s next? We’re getting electricity today! The drywall is up and the primer is on the walls. We’re supposed to have the sewer connected within three weeks as well, which is a huge relief because the city sewer crews have been backed up (no pun intended) with waits of up to 18 weeks. They recently added crews to work on weekends and try to get through the huge heap of connection requests on the waiting list. Vancouver is a busy growing city!

Thanks for reading – more to come on the interior finishing soon!